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Sentencing Guidelines for Northern Ireland

Offences General Sentencing Issues
Attacks on the Elderly​ Combination Orders​
Blackmail Custody Probation Orders
Burglary Dangerous Offenders under the Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2008
Drug Offences Dealing with Child Offenders
Environmental Offences Disparity
Firearms/Explosives Offences Forms of Sentence
Life Sentences – Discretionary Guilty Pleas
Life Sentences – Mandatory Increase in Sentence
Life Sentences – Tariff Rulings Multiple Issue Sentencing Cases
Manslaughter Personal Mitigating Factors
Public Order Offences​ Offenders Assisting Police
Road Traffic Offences Offences Which Might Have Been Tried Summarily
Robbery Orders Ancillary to Sentence
Sexual Offences Relevance of Remission or Parole
Terrorist Offences Relevance of Sentencing Council Guidelines
Theft and other Dishonest Offences Suspended Sentences
Violent Offences Totality / Consecutive

Domestic violence and abuse. How can our policing and justice systems help?

Presentation by His Honour Judge Burgess, Recorder of Belfast, Presiding County Court Judge at the Journey to Justice conference in Belfast January 2011. Click on the link to view the Paper by Recorder of Belfast on sentencing in Domestic Violence

Hate Crime: Note for Sentencers

The Lord Chief Justice’s Sentencing Group, chaired by Lord Justice Gillen, has asked JSB to draw the attention of sentencers to the recent NI Human Rights Commission Report available at this link: Racist Hate Crime: Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland. In particular you are asked to note the concerns raised between pp 53 and 58 of the Report – especially the bulleted findings on page 58.

The Sentencing Group considers that it is important that sentencers should ensure that all potential hate crimes are properly identified to allow that aspect  to be adjudicated upon and taken into account in the sentencing exercise where the crime is found to have been motivated by hatred.

Sentencing in Cases of Manslaughter, Attempted Murder and Wounding with Intent

Paper by Sir Anthony Hart, September, 2013.  Click on the above link to view the paper.

Sentencing Guidance Note on Honour-based crimes

Note for the assistance of Sentencers approved by the Sentencing Group.​